All posts tagged: bethdoesfood

Lamb burgers with fennel & red chilli & harissa burger sauce

These lamb burgers are foolproof, fiery and flipping easy to make with a few little secrets to guarantee your burgers are juicy and don’t fall apart when you cook them The burger sauce is spiked with harrissa, an amazing chilli paste made of roasted red chilli peppers, garlic, rose petals, cumin and other spices – it’s one of those ingredients that’s worth spending a little more money on. It’s great spread on bruschetta or pizzas, stirred into fajitas, beef chilli or even homemade dips, but it works an absolute treat in a burger sauce with mayonnaise, cool yoghurt and that classic burger sauce staple American mustard. Makes 4 lamb burgers 250g quality lamb mince (20% fat) 1 small white onion, finely diced 1 red chilli, finely chopped 1 large clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 small handful of fresh breadcrumbs 1 egg yolk plenty of salt and pepper 4 soft seeded buns 1 gem lettuce Harissa burger sauce 2 tbsp yoghurt 2 tbsp mayonnaise 2 tsp harissa 1 tsp American mustard (optional) Saute the onion in …

Brighton Be Beautiful: Bardsleys, The Chilli Pickle, The Lion & Lobster & Coggings & Co.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside. So much so that last weekend I played away from home (cheated on my glorious sandy hometown of Swansea) and enjoyed a weekender in Brighton. I was fortunate enough to have plenty of suggestions and advice from a network of food lovers and twitterers, so ‘the ol’ food itinerary’ was pretty chocker block.  Alex has been away with me enough to know that ‘free time’ doesn’t really feature in my holiday itineraries – but what’s leisure time when you get the chance to taste the best food around with me, eh? BRIGHTON BITES 1. For the perfect fish & chips – Bardsley’s   Now, I spent the best part of my early teenage years working in a cracking local chip shop on the seafront in Swansea. During the summer of 2008, I think mushy peas were the only vegetable in my diet and my lunch of choice was curry and cheese on chips with chilli sauce (oh to have the metabolism of a teenager again.) So I know good fish …

The Big Food Fight

Of the 481 accounts I follow on Twitter, aproximately: 200 are chefs 150are  restaurants 81 are food writers 50 are food fanatics and a fair few MasterChef contestants are thrown in there too. I am bombarded with tweets about new places to eat and new things to try. From the short-lived ‘Cronut’ hype of 2013 to the recent gravy-dipped burger trend that I keep bloody hearing about, its safe to say nobody’s stuck for choice when deciding what’s for dins. Take the beloved beefburger: Cool person 1: ‘Have you been to (restaurant title including one or more of the following words: dirty, bun, burger, cow, liquor, meat, patty). It’s the best burger in London!’ Cool person 2: ‘I beg to differ.. you’ve gotta try (another restaurant title including one or more of the following words: dirty, bun, burger, cow, liquor, meat, patty). Cool person 3: ‘What about (yet another restaurant title including one or more of the following words: dirty, bun, burger, cow, liquor, meat, patty)? It’s the bomb!’ Well, which is it then people?! Are these new places ‘WE’VE GOT TO TRY’ actually that special? Are …

Cooking with matcha

I have recently rekindled my love of green tea after discovering matcha – a powdered green tea made from specially selected green tea plants, which are shade grown for a few weeks before being ground up. The result is a clean, smooth-tasting tea that doesn’t have that horribly bitter after taste that first put me off regular green. It’s really easy to drink and has helped me through many a starvation lull on one of my fast days, as i’m currently trialing out the intermittent fasting (or the fast diet) in an attempt to (pun-alert) have my cake and eat it too (sorry.) But I’m more interested in matcha being used as an ingredient in cooking. The first time I tasted matcha was in a life changing dessert at So Japanese, Soho. This place was recommended to me by an ex colleague for its unbeatable sushi (and at a reasonable price for sushi) but I would also highly recommend the Japanese desserts. The Matcha & White Chocolate Cake with Black Sesame Ice Cream & Fruit Mousse   This was ordered …

Michael Sander’s E7 Supper Club

The prospect of a night of communal eating with strangers can be a bit daunting. Especially when you’re not on holiday in a tropical village, sitting on the floor eating with your hands in an attempt to  ‘live like the locals’, and instead in London, where if you try to start a friendly conversation on the tube you’ll probably end up on the front page of the Metro as: Creepy Welsh girl who made conversation with stranger on London Underground is sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for too-social behaviour. But this week my boyfriend and I visited our first supper club and all our reservations were thrown out of the window. Michael Sanders (MasterChef 2014 Semi-finalist) and his girlfriend Naomi run their pop-up restaurant/ supper club every month in E7, underneath a railway arch, in The Wanstead Tap. A table of 20 sat people from all walks of life, some locals, some from far away; but we all had one thing in common. We all just wanted to eat great food – that is the beauty of …

Homemade Flatbread with Sticky Chicken Thighs & Curryslaw

This is one of my favourite summer time evening meals. I used to buy flatbreads until I realized how blimmin’ easy they are to make at home, and how much tastier they are too! Indian coleslaw is a revelation, and goes PERFECTLY with sticky tender chicken thighs and fluffy flatbreads. Watch the video for this recipe here: Ingredients (serves 4) For the Sticky Chicken 4 chicken thighs, skin and bone removed 1 tbsp curry powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp mustard powder 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp black and white sesame seeds olive oil salt and pepper For the flatbread 160g self raising flour 140g full fat greek yoghurt 1 tsp sesame seeds 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds salt and pepper For the Curryslaw 1 small red onion ½ red cabbage 2 carrot 4 spring onions small bunch coriander 1 lime 1 pomegranate 100g mayonnaise 50g creme fraiche 1 tsp garam masala ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp nigella seeds salt and pepper For the coleslaw, peel …

Paneer Tikka Arancini Balls

Here’s the recipe for my twist on Arancini, fabulous little breaded balls of creamy risotto. Paneer Tikka Arancini balls are filled with spiced biryani and delicious Indian Paneer cheese, which is similar to mild halloumi when cold and oozes like mozzarella when hot. You’ve just gotta try them. For the paneer tikka biryani: 1 onion 1 garlic clove 3 inch piece of ginger ½ red chilli 1 tsp mustard seeds ½ tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tsp garam masala a pinch of saffron 100g risotto rice 200ml hot chicken stock 1 tin of coconut milk salt and pepper 1 packet of paneer 1 small bunch of coriander For dredging: 1 egg 75g flour dried breadcrumbs (not golden) oil, for deep frying Finely dice the onion, then bash and chop up the ginger and garlic, and finely chop the chilli. Dry fry the mustard, coriander and cumin seeds in a frying pan on a medium heat until the mustard seeds pop. Remove and grind up in a pestle and mortar to …